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    Forgotten Lord Mayor: Donal Óg O'Callaghan 1920-1924
    (Cork City Libraries, 2020-10) Quinlivan, Aodh
    A fascinating and significant study of Donal Óg O'Callaghan, this timely work reflects on a period of extraordinary tumult and change. Cork's third Republican Lord Mayor - elected following the murder and death by hunger strike of his two storied predecessors - he took on the role at enormous personal risk and in a city already deeply traumatised and about to be burned to the ground. As a Gael, a soldier, a patriot, a staunch Republican and devoted public servant, O'Callaghan helped lay the foundations on which Ireland was built. Aodh Quinlivan's account of O'Callaghan's political life offers fresh insight into the tensions in Cork in the early 1920s, while the War of Independence and the Civil War unfolded. Until now, Donal O'Callaghan has been largely forgotten and neglected, but this book will help to secure his place in the history of Cork and Ireland.
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    Critical turns in critical theory: new directions in social and political thought
    (Taurus Academic Studies, 2009) Ó Tuama, Séamus
    The contemporary world is one of contingency and risk. We face a range of social and political problems barely imaginable to previous generations. Here the technique of critical social theory is applied to some of the most challenging social and political questions of our time. "Critical Turns in Critical Theory" brings together a diverse range of scholars to discuss a number of issues facing civil society at a regional and global level in recent years. The book explores new theories, critiques, analyses and practices to address debates about risk, responsibility, ethics, communication, the environment, science and technology, gender, identity, development and law. Loosely based on the seminal work of the critical social theorist Piet Strydom, "Critical Turns in Critical Theory" offers a set of perspectives and critiques that reshape some traditional concepts of critical social theory and challenge the liberal consensus which dominates contemporary civil society.